Hayes will start Tuesday's matchup against the Kings. With the Pelicans eliminated from playoff contention, coach Alvin Gentry will give Hayes the nod over the veteran Derrick Favors. In Hayes' previous 12 starts, he's averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.3 minutes.
Hayes collected 17 points (5-7 FG, 7-11 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 124-103 scrimmage win over the Bucks. Hayes was extremely effective around the basket while repeatedly drawing fouls. He's still lacking in the strength department, which shows in his consistently low rebounding totals. However, Hayes has flashed plenty of potential in his rookie season and could continue to receive decent burn, given that Derrick Favors doesn't often play heavy minutes.
Hayes logged just three minutes in Sunday's 115-101 victory over the Warriors. He was charged with a foul and accrued no other statistics. Hayes has played fewer than 10 minutes in four of the past five games and probably won't see his role grow in any substantial way unless Derrick Favors falls victim to injury. Even when Favors is off the court, coach Alvin Gentry has shown an increased willingness to use either Zion Williamson or Nicolo Melli as a small-ball center, minimizing Hayes' playing time as a result.
Hayes had eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 125-111 win over the Cavaliers. Hayes has averaged just over 12 minutes per game through the first four tilts in which Zion Williamson has suited up. Williamson has already been spending some time at the center position, but even on nights when that's not the case Derrick Favors and Nicolo Melli provide plenty of competition for playing time.
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Monday's contest against Memphis, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. With Derrick Favors (back) ruled out Monday, Hayes will nonetheless join the starting five and likely seize an increased role. In 11 total starts this season, the rookie is averaging 25.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per outing.
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